Christian Gabroy was quoted in a Las Vegas Review Journal article that speaks about Wage Theft being a huge problem in the United States. The article starts off by telling about a limousine driver who worked for Omni Limousine and tells about how he was being asked to clean the limo, complete paperwork, fill the vehicle with gas and verify trip sheets that were off the clock so that he was not being paid for these extra hours. The Omni Limousine employees only received payment for the time that they were actually driving a client. The extra hours that he was not being paid for amounted to nearly $800 over a two-week period of time. His wife also worked for this company and was not being paid for the first hour and the last hour that they were required to be there. The company made a settlement with these two individuals, in which they paid them in full for the extra time they had been required to work at the company.
Wage Theft Increasing
Shannon Chambers, the Nevada Labor Commissioner, said that wage theft cases, situations like was described above, have been increasing for the past four years. It is not so much that more companies are taking advantage of their employees through Wage Theft, but more due to the fact that as the economy has started improving, more people are being hired, putting more work people in the workplace.
Back wages on the rise
In the fiscal year 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division collected a record $304 million for workers in back wages — the difference between what an employee was paid and the amount that employee should have been paid. That’s a daily average of $835,000! These amounts are staggering! This was for more than 1.3 million workers, which is more people than live in Las Vegas, Nevada, Orlando Florida, and Cincinnati Ohio combined!
So the big question is, are you being asked to do work or spend time at work that you are not being paid for? If so, you owe it to yourself to contact the attorneys at Gabroy | Messer and set up an initial consultation to determine how much they may be able to recover for you. Contact us online or by calling 702-259-7777 today.